NSFAS Administrator On Cause of Laptop Delay

NSFAS Administrator Dr Carolissen discusses why NSFAS students have had to wait until the next academic year for their promised laptops. 

After the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions caused higher education institutions to move from face-to-face learning to blended learning which involved a lot of e-learning, many students found themselves in a predicament as they did not have devices for this.

The government took the decision to provide students with laptops and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was meant to provide laptops to students who were unable to afford them. However, some students have been left without devices since April and are only expected to receive them in the next academic year in March 2021. 

NSFAS Administrator Dr Carolissen has said that securing a tender to supply the laptops has been very difficult as all the bidders which NSFAS received at first did not qualify for the tender. This tender was then cancelled and a new laptop tender was advertised. The requirements for the tender was that the company had to be BEE driven, encourage Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development and must show the ability to supply 50 000 laptops. 

The National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) said that the procurement process used by NSFAS lacked transparency and was flawed. They believe that the process denied black-owned businesses the opportunity to participate in a project which would have "altered their economic realities" in the electronics industry. 

Carolissen said that even before the pandemic struck, NSFAS requested that universities make use of the teaching aid allowance to supply students with devices and data. Universities still requested that NSFAS assists with more laptops as more students were now in need of these devices but there has been a delay in providing students with this for the past 7 months. 

Carolissen says that a big step forward for TVET Colleges was that this year was the first that students received laptops and data. 

Many students are hoping to receive their promised laptops in time for the next academic year. 

 

 

Article Category

Other Articles

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are open at the Walter Sisulu University. Walter Sisulu University’s mission is to provide quality teaching and learning, research, innovation and community engagement.

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are open at the False Bay College. The False Bay College’s mission is to develop people by serving as a gateway to employment, small business development, and higher education for the community.

Cornerstone institute was established in 1970, situated in Cape Town and is a non-profit educational institution. It is also a fully accredited Private Higher Education Institution that offers undergraduate programmes across various disciplines in the Faculty of Humanities, Entrepreneurship and Economic Transformation. Their aim is to ensure that students who graduate from the institution are able to make a difference in all the fields of study provided at Cornerstone. 

African Film Drama (AFDA) is the school for the creative economy and was established in 1994 with campuses in and around South Africa. The institution is a Private Higher Education Institution owned by Stadio Holdings and offers Higher Certificate and Degree programmes that are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). AFDA offers courses in film, television, performance, business innovation and technology, radio and podcasting.

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are open at the North-West University. The North-West University’s mission is to function as a unitary, integrated, multi-campus university that enables equity, redress and globally competitive teaching and research across all three of its campuses.